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Founding Board of the SKA

The Founding Board , formed in April 2011 carried out the preparatory work for the SKA Organisation (SKAO) which was subsequently formed in December 2011.

This global group of people made many of the key decisions which have driven the direction and timeline for development and deployment of the SKA. The founding board is now disbanded, but the SKA thanks and acknowledges the immense hard work that they undertook to help build this global telescope project.

From left to right: 1. Dr. Jinxin Hao, Deputy Director, National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (China) 2. Dr. Franz-Josef Zickgraf, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Germany) 3. Patricia Vogel, Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Netherlands) 4. Jean-Marie Hameury, Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France) 5. Patricia Kelly, Deputy Secretary, Australian Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Australia) 6. Mr Jonathan Kings, Project Director, Ministry of Economic Development (New Zealand) 7. Prof. John Womersley, Director of Science Programmes, Science and Technology Facilities Council (United Kingdom) 8. Dr. Gabriele Villa, Director of Projects Department, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (Italy) 9. Dr. Val Munsami, Deputy Director General, Department Science and Technology (South Africa). Image credit: INAF

Founding Board Members (disbanded)
Financial Authority Representatives: Science Representatives:
Australia
Ms Patricia Kelly Deputy Secretary, Australian Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Prof Brian Boyle SKA Director anzSKA Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
China
Dr Jinxin Hao Deputy Director, National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences Dr Bo PengNational Astronomical Observatories
France
Dr Jean-Marie Hameury Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS-INSU) Dr Wim van Driel Observatoire de Paris
Germany
Dr Franz-Josef Zickgraf Germany Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) Prof Michael Kramer Max-Planck-Insitut fur Radioastronomie
Italy
Dr Giampaolo VettolaniIstituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) Dr Luigina FerettiIstituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)
New Zealand
Dr Jonathan Kings Project Director, Ministry of Economic Development Dr Melanie Johnston-Hollitt Chair, New Zealand SKA Research & Development Consortium
Victoria University of Wellington
Republic of South Africa
Dr Val Munsami Deputy Director General, Department Science and Technology Dr Bernie Fanaroff Project Director of SKA Africa
The Netherlands
Ms Patricia Vogel (Deputy Chair)Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) Prof Mike GarrettGeneral Director ASTRON
UK
Professor John Womersley (Chair) Director Science Programmes, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Prof Steve RawlingsUniversity of Oxford
Observers:
Dr Greg Fahlman National Research Council, Canada Dr Russ TaylorUniversity of Calgary, Canada
Dr Elena Righi-SteeleEuropean Commission
Ms Rowena SireyEuropean Southern Observatory
Dr Yashwant GuptaNational Centre for Radio Astronomy, Pune University campus, India
Dr Hideyuki Kobayashi National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Japan
Dr Bong-Gyu Kim Director of the Radio Division Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), Korea Dr Jongsoo Kim Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), Korea
Board Secretary:
Ms Michelle Cooper Science and Technology Facilities Council